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Why does it take the C of E 3 weeks to bury someone?

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by flame108, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. I think it's hard comparing Jewish funerals with Christian ones - we don't get buried 'on site', we pay into a burial society all our lives, there isn't a choice of coffin or service, etc, it's very different.
  2. As you say, 4-5 days seems perfectly reasonable and culturally in the norm for C of E.
    But three weeks for a death with no Coroner involved?
    In one of the parishes involved in the funerals I am talking about there were three churches, three full time priests and 300 parishoners on the electoral roll- 0.3% of the population of the town concerned.
    Given the average age of the average C of E member- 61 and rising- the C of E is gonna disappear soon unless it rebrands itself.
    The only churches that will survive are those with large and thriving choirs. Young kids coming to church mean their families come as well.
    In the centre of Amsterdam many churches are only open for tourists and are only very occasionally used. Across UK the Non Conformists are going extinct.
    The next 20 years will be a telling time for the C of E.
    Another plus using a civic graveyard: they are much better maintained than church graveyards!

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